The NECCUS Scotland-Norway Decarbonisation Trade Mission 2023 is set to unfold in Oslo this week, 30th – 31st August. The event brings together organisations representing a smorgasbord of Scottish and Norwegian low carbon initiatives, inviting delegates to share their expertise, uncover market and supply-chain synergies between nations and thus accelerate the transition to Net Zero.
Led by NECCUS, the trade alliance for the decarbonisation of Scottish industry, the mission will feature talks from distinguished experts and business leaders, offering insights into the contextual landscapes for decarbonisation in Scotland and Norway and underlining the pivotal role of carbon capture and storage (CCS). The agenda for the event was created in partnership with Norwegian Energy Partners. A key highlight will be a presentation by Ed Nimmons, Director of Carbon Capture Scotland, the event’s headline sponsor – targeting decarbonisation of dispersed rural industries and agriculture.
Following formal presentations, delegates will be invited to enjoy a more personal networking drinks reception hosted by UK Ambassador to Norway Jan Thompson CMG OBE. The British Embassy in Oslo is supporting this year’s event, alongside the Department for International Trade, the Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce, Norwegian Energy Partners, Scottish Development International, and Worley.
Ambassador Thompson said,
“I am delighted to host the trade mission delegates when they are in Oslo. CCS is a key area of co-operation in the UK-Norway energy relationship. This trade mission will give delegates the opportunity to develop and deepen this partnership.”
Mark Hughes, Interim CEO of NECCUS, remarked,
“This Mission symbolises our commitment to international collaboration when it comes to abating planet-warming emissions. We are bringing together leading minds from Scotland and Norway to explore common ground, share insights, and pave the way for a sustainable future.”
Ed Nimmons added,
“It’s a privilege to be part of this event, which underscores the growing investment in decarbonisation initiatives in Scotland and beyond. Collaborations are vital in bolstering the adoption of CCS technologies and this trade mission presents an exceptional opportunity for constructive dialogue.”
The Trade Mission comes at a moment of surging momentum for CCS technologies, exemplified by Norwegian government and business progress on commercialisation of Northern Lights, and the UK government’s recent announcement of funding for the Acorn CCS project in Aberdeenshire. Funding is being allocated as part of a £1 billion government competition, with the potential to generate over 20,000 jobs in North East Scotland. This trade mission demonstrates Scotland’s commitment and dynamism in leading a sustainable energy transition.
Stuart Haszeldine, Professor of CCS at the University of Edinburgh and Adviser to the NECCUS Board, said,
“Scotland’s potential as a super-place for clean energies, including CCS, lies in its wealth of natural resources for electricity and heat generation, and storage of CO2 or hydrogen. Making those resources useful and profitable needs collaboration with skilled people and investment in resilient and effective equipment.. This mission marks a crucial step toward realising that potential.”
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Notes to Editors:
1. NECCUS is the leading trade alliance for the decarbonisation of Scottish industry. It brings together industry, academia, and government to accelerate the delivery of carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) as well as other industrial decarbonisation projects across Scotland and beyond.
2. Carbon Capture Scotland is a family-owned enterprise delivering carbon capture technology and services to industries of which biogenic CO2 is a by-product. Their Project Nexus aims to sequester 90% of Scotland’s biogenic CO2 emissions by 2040, equivalent to the decarbonisation of 800,000 homes.
3. Photos of Jan, Mark, Ed and Stuart are here.